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Eden Espinosa Defys Gravity in Detroit!

Broadway Star, Eden Espinosa performed in Detroit, Michigan for the first time on March 25, 2023

Photo Source: Cabaret313

It was a packed house for Cabaret 313’s an Evening with Eden Espinosa at The Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Espinosa is a performer known best for her work on Broadway in shows such as Wicked where she played Elphaba, Brooklyn: The Musical where she played the title role and Rent where she starred as the final Maureen Johnson. Espinosa is also an Emmy nominated voiceover artist who was featured in Tangled: The Series, a Disney Channel show based on the hit film. Most recently she has landed her voice to The Queen of Hearts on Disney Junior’s Alice’s Wonderland Bakery, a show based of the original film where she received her Emmy nomination.

Espinosa performed an all Broadway set for two back-to-back shows. She began the evening with Wicked’s “Defying Gravity” a song that the role of Elphaba is most known for in the musical. She also performed songs from shows such as Bridges of Madison County, Evita and In the Heights during her set. Espinosa played homage to the musical, Falsettos, a musical she toured the country with back in 2019 and performed the song “Holding to the Ground” which was a number in the musical sung by her character, Trina. Additionally, the star sang “Waiting in the Wings” from Tangled: The Series, which is a song sung by her character, Cassandra (a new member of the Tangled world for the TV show). This song made Disney Legend, Alan Menken officially an EGOT. (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner) Over the course of the performance, Espinosa told stories of career highlights and behind the scenes moments from various projects she has gotten the chance to work on.

There was also a request section of the show where members of the audience got the chance to blurt out suggestions of songs for Espinosa to sing. Some of the songs included, “I’m Not that Girl” from Wicked, “Over the Moon” from Rent, and “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Disney’s Pinocchio. She even admitted that between both shows she had the opportunity to perform songs she hasn’t done in a while or has never done with an audience watching before. This was an extra special moment for the people there as they got to be part of a first.

Having Espinosa in Detroit was a memorable experience for everyone. She truly brought the heart of Broadway with her through her performances. It is safe to say that the Detroit doors are always open for Espinosa with hopes to have her back in the mitten state very soon.

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